Donald Trump is rushed off the stage in a chaotic moment at a Reno rally

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Donald Trump was rushed offstage by Secret Service agents during a rally in Reno on Saturday after someone in the crowd shouted, “Gun!”

But no weapon was found, and Trump returned minutes later to finish his speech.

A man who was apparently protesting Trump’s speech was detained, questioned and released.

“Upon a thorough search of the subject and the surrounding area, no weapon was found,” the Secret Service said in a statement.

“We will never be stopped, never, ever be stopped,” said Trump when he arrived back onstage at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. “I want to thank the Secret Service; these guys are fantastic.”


Trump’s Nevada rally was his third stop — and state — of the day. He repeated his signature proposal to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border — rhetoric that risked further inflaming Latino and Asian Americans voters. He told graphic stories of murders committed by immigrants in the country illegally.

“A Trump administration will end this nightmare of violence,” he told the crowd.

Moments after he made those remarks, Secret Service agents surrounded Trump and rushed him off the stage. Chaos erupted in the crowd just in front of him. Heavily armed police and what appeared to be men wearing helmets leaped over barricades into the crowd.

Reporters traveling with Trump were not close enough to see exactly what was happening in the commotion, which went on for about six or seven minutes before the campaign ordered the journalists to leave the convention hall.

After several more minutes, reporters were ushered back into the hall and Trump resumed speaking.

From the beginning of his campaign, Trump’s rallies have been boisterous affairs, but many have been marked by dark moments as Trump drew protests for his divisive rhetoric and harsh stances on Latinos, Muslims and others.

Perhaps most notably, a campaign stop in Chicago in March was canceled after dissolving into chaos and some violence, with punches being thrown and several people bloodied.


The next day in Ohio, Secret Service agents surrounded a startled Trump after a man jumped a barrier and tried to come on stage. He was quickly detained.

And in July, a 19-year-old British man was arrested at a rally in Las Vegas after he tried to take a police officer’s gun inside a theater where Trump was to speak. The man, Michael Sanford, said he drove to the rally from California intending to kill Trump. He later pleaded guilty to related federal charges.

Finnegan reported from Reno and Lee from Los Angeles.


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